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TABLE OF CONTENT. In this Golden Issue, we’ll celebrate our fifth anniversary with 5 8 11 15 19 21 27 31 35 38 40 42

graphic designer Elisabeth Mestdagh Museum Plantin-Moretus, where you can discover Antwerp’s Golden Century jewelry designer NimZu Antwerp’s best frie shacks Hanna Mariën, Olympic legend liquid gold: Elixir d’Anvers a high-end Golden photoshoot a trip to Costa Del, where Stijn Haircare transforms you into a real live Goldilocks the beats and visions of TheColorGrey #thisisantwerp on Instagram our famous and handy map a selection of the best hidden hotspots, made by our Locals

Depot nummer TIA: D/2016/0306/9 Colophon: This magazine is a publication of Visit Antwerp. It was edited with great care. The City of Antwerp cannot be held responsible for printing errors or changes. No part of this publication may be used by third parties without prior written consent of Visit Antwerp. None of the addresses mentioned in this magazine paid for mentioning in any way.

Depot: D/2016/0306/9

Publisher: Stad Antwerpen / Ondernemen en Stadsmarketing / Annik Bogaert - Visit Antwerpen, Grote Markt 1, BE-2000 Antwerpen Editor in chief: Visit Antwerp

Photography: Elisabeth Mestdagh - Jef Claes - Kim Pillen - Lize Colson - Helen Van den Poel - Ans Brys - Museum Plantin-Moretus - NimZu - Marian van Sprakelaar - @b_a.r.t - @ciarareid_hk - @loulou_de_la_lagune - @yelpantwerpen - @jolindedijcker - @lieneconard - @naomischouwaerts @madtwinsis_pjezunik - @anneliesvw2 - @geenhoorn

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Copywrite: Visit Antwerp - Laetitia Sabiti - Cleo Klapholz - Lize Colson - Kim Pillen - Helen Van den Poel - Tine Van den Poel - Vincent Van Reusel - Erik De Beukelaer - Sofie Van den Bril - Lauren James - Marian van Sprakelaar

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Hi there. We’re This Is Antwerp. And for the past five years, we’ve been telling you the most inspiring city secrets and keeping you up to date with the hottest tips. Yet, it seems we printed our first issue only yesterday. But here we are. Twelve issues strong. There’s a redesigned This Is Antwerp app on our phone. And we’re still in love with this city.

COLOPHON: THE GOLDEN ISSUE.

Because an anniversary should be celebrated and we are keen on at least a bit of luxury, our network of Locals went looking for all things shiny and gold in Antwerp.

In this issue we’ll take you on a journey through Antwerp’s Golden Century, we present you the work of jewelry designer NimZu and we’ll let you in on the secrets of Antwerp’s most celebrated fry shacks. We dropped by Hanna Mariën, Antwerp’s Olympic legend. Dries Botty showed us the magic he can pull off with a bottle of Elixir d’Anvers. Included in this issue is the result of a high-end Golden photoshoot. We got transformed into Goldilocks at Costa Del. And TheColorGrey talked to us about his golden beats. Our This Is Antwerp Locals really went out of their way to present you a magazine with which you’ll discover Antwerp’s golden treasures. They managed to put together another awesome magazine. Tight deadlines, long nights, demanding brainstorms, they owned them all. Like they did during the production of the past eleven issues.

We’re forever grateful for that. And so should you be. They’re the ones that set out every day to discover this city, they keep you up to date with all those hidden hotspots and the best events.

Thank you for the past five years, dear Locals. We would’ve never pulled this of without you. We’re looking forward to another five years of blogging, putting together a magazine and discovering Antwerp with you.

All because…

…you are This Is Antwerp.

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ELISABETH MESTDAGH. Her name might not ring a bell just yet, but her work will surely make you wonder why this lady is not at the top of the food chain already! Let’s just say that at only a mere 23 years of age, this young dame is entering the graphic design landscape like a true BAWZ. She did work abroad and studied in a different part of our country but this lady is a true born and bred Antwerp local hero and that’s why it was an amazing opportunity for us to let her create our glorious cover for this fifth golden edition. Text by Cleo Klapholz Photography by Elisabeth Mestdagh

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So, Elisabeth, the cover looks amazing, thank you so much for that! Can you tell us a bit about your work process? Yes, it was not easy to create something that was worthy of this fifth golden edition, but I instantly had some ideas come to mind when I heard about the topics that would be covered in it. As I felt that this edition would be a festive one, I wanted to do something with my own typography, which is a rather curly font. Since it’s all about our city, I also wanted to use the typical elements that come to mind when talking about Antwerp, like our diamonds or the hands of Antwerp. Well, can I just say that you did a marvelous job, it’s a very different approach compared to our previous covers, and we are very thrilled that you created this little piece of joy. I’m sure that your experience has influenced you in a lot of ways, so can you tell us a bit about your past? Thank you! I’m very pleased with it myself, it was a very different assignment so I’m happy it turned out the way it did. You could say that I walked a somewhat different path than most graphic designers because I completed two years at Sint Lucas School of Arts in Antwerp and was planning on going to Berlin for a year to study there. But circumstances made me change course and I ended up studying for only a few months. Then, after my return to Belgium, I felt that the Art College in Ghent would suit me better and I eventually graduated there. Following my graduation, I did an internship in Berlin and worked for the fringe festival in Belgium, and I decided that I wanted a master’s degree as well, so I did that and graduated last year.

That’s sort of how I rolled into working with Art students from the Fashion Academy in general. Fashion is by far one of my favorite topics when it comes to different graphic styles, so I’m happy to say that I’m now working with a lot of these students to create portfolios. Moreover, since I am now working with these students from the beginning of the school year, I love to see how they grow throughout the year and how I can show this process in their portfolios. So, I guess fashion graphic design will be your future career path? I truly hope so! My dream would be to work together with some really talented people. We will root for you for sure! Since you are a true Antwerp local, can you give our readers some tips and recommendations? I love to have a drink at the Born in Antwerp headquarters with that amazing view over the water. I also love Copyright, which is a place where I go to read magazines and search for inspiration, mostly when there is an opening in the museum of fine arts. Party-wise, I love going to underground parties from the fashion academy and now in the A-tower which is unfortunately only a pop-up. Overall, our city has so much to offer, so I could go on for ages. Spoken like a true ‘Sinjoor’ (a true Antwerpian)! Thank you so much for your time, Elisabeth, we cannot wait to see what your future path will be!

That’s a whole lot you have on your resume already! Would you say that you have a specific preference when it comes to graphic design? In my second master’s year at Luca School of Arts (Art College), I collaborated with a student from the Fashion Academy, Charlotte De Geyter Pittoors. I designed her graphic identity, which means I created the logo, two portfolios, a personalized box and four laser-cut business cards.

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MUSEUM PLANTINMORETUS. A trip through Antwerp’s Golden Century / Age. Text by Tine Van den Poel Photography by Ans Brys and Museum Plantin-Moretus


At the Museum PlantinMoretus, you don’t need a pimped DeLorean like in Back to the Future to travel back to Antwerp’s Golden Century/Age. The museum tells the story of the publishing family that lived there for 300 years and printed many influential books since the 16th century. It was the first ever museum to end up on the UNESCO world heritage list. On the 30th of September, the Museum Plantin-Moretus will reopen with an all-new approach to the collection and lots of creative activities for visitors. Who are Plantin and Moretus? The Frenchman Christopher Plantin (1520-1589) moved to Antwerp during the city’s time of wealth and splendor, aka Antwerp’s Golden Century/Age. He printed and published the works of other humanist intellectuals, such as the first modern atlas by Ortelius and the multilingual Bible. Jan Moretus (1543-1610) was Plantin’s son-in-law who took over the publishing house after Plantin’s death. It was then passed down from father to son until the 19th century, when the City of Antwerp bought the house to turn it into a museum.

technology to better visualize the way the Plantin-Moretus family lived in the house centuries ago. The museum’s collection helps tell that story. All items on display are changed slightly every two years because the paper goods are very delicate. The old “look but don’t touch” policy does not apply here, though. Visitors may leaf through books, feel the materials and actually use an old-school book press. You don’t like books so much, you say? Then there’s still a lot to love about this museum, since the 16th-century house and interior are unique in Europe. It’s exactly like the family left it almost 150 years ago. To mix in with the surroundings, you can even dress up in clothes from the 16th century for an extraordinary selfie.

Grand narratives and ‘petites histoires’ The museum revolves around four themes: Language & Humanism, Science, Society & Daily life and Religion. Each theme is introduced by a young creative from Antwerp who links the 16th century to contemporary issues. If you simply want to see the 10 highlights of the museum, get the City of Antwerp’s museum app and let the audio fragments guide you. One highlight, for instance, is the book by Belgian mathematician Simon Stevin (nickname: the Leonardo Da Vinci of the Low Countries), which inspired Thomas Jefferson to use the decimal system for the dollar. Although the house and the book presses are of majestic size, the museum also gives room to small trivia facts and ‘petites histoires’. We asked the museum’s director Iris Kockelbergh for one of her favorites in the huge archive. Her answer was just one sentence, which Ortelius had written next to a world map: “Why is there so much war about the borders on this small dot?”. This humble reflection shows that even though war is from all times, the wish for peace is too.

A 21st-century view on a 16th-century house

A museum for creatives

The Museum Plantin-Moretus has been brought into the future using modern

If you’re into graphic design and typography, you can fill your tank with inspiration at the Museum Plantin-Moretus. In the

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museum shop, you’ll find the result of a collaboration with Kastaar, a graphic design and print duo that made fun items inspired by Plantin-Moretus. On specific dates, you can join them in using the old book press that is installed in the shop. On the 30th of September, the museum will reopen its doors. To celebrate, the Vrijdagmarkt square will be transformed into a creative market focused on the concept of ‘paper and print’.

How to plan your visit The Museum Plantin-Moretus is located at the Vrijdagmarkt market square, right in the city centre. This makes it super easy to create a full-day program. Vrijdagmarkt has turned into one of Antwerp’s coolest squares filled with great restaurants, bars and shops. The market square is flanked by Steenhouwersvest, a street just as packed with creativity. If you fancy another museum after visiting Museum Plantin-Moretus, the nearby Fashion Museum and Museum Mayer van den Bergh are also worth exploring. With many thanks to Iris Kockelbergh, who provided us with all the information and made us extra excited about the reopening!

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FROM URBAN NOMAD TO JEWELRY DESIGNER Gold is precious. And what’s as precious as gold? Yes, traveling! One person who really embodies this philosophy is Antwerp jewelry designer Natasha Casteleyn with her brand NimZu. Text by Vincent Van Reusel Photography by NimZu

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Natasha’s personal story is full of travel, passion and creativity. She left Brussels to live in Barcelona for eight years, followed by two years in Buenos Aires. When she met her husband, they went on a one-year honeymoon to Australia and Southeast Asia. It was then, in Chiang Mai, Thailand, that she met a Japanese master silversmith who awakened her passion for jewelry design and taught her the art. Enriched with tons of new experiences, Natasha returned to Belgium to launch NimZu. In Antwerp. It takes a village Though being a mom of two young kids herself, Natasha always knew she wanted more out of life than motherhood. She wanted to challenge herself in a creative way. The result of all this is NimZu. Her handmade jewels are inspired by her travels, simplicity and vibrancy. Nevertheless, as with kids, “it takes a village to raise a small company”, she says. Antwerp turned out to be just the ‘village’ she needed to make NimZu into a success story. The city is quite small but has a huge network of startup designers and pop-up initiatives that are mutually supportive. Natasha can’t stress enough the important role that Markt van Morgen (‘Market of Tomorrow’) has played in her starting career as a jewelry designer. Markt van Morgen offers a platform to local creative talents of all sorts, from fashion and jewelry designers to interior and graphic designers. This even led to new friendships and collaborations.

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Boss-lady to boss-lady Through these first contacts, Natasha teamed up with several creative boss-ladies who dominate the Antwerp scene. Annick Strynckx shot her first jewelry collection at the trendy and cute coffee bar Tinsel. This photographer also happens to be the founder of the immensely popular lunch bars Barnini and Kaffeenini. A collab with successful knitwear designer Ellen Kegels of LN Knits was a logical next step. It wasn’t long before buyers saw the potential of NimZu and now the jewelry brand is sold in eight shops, including the Antwerp-based design store Espoo.

tiful Te Boelaer nature park and Boekenberg nature park, with its glorious public swimming lake. With NimZu, Natasha will continue to create and manufacture timeless and personal pieces in silver and 14K gold, launching two collections each year, while also providing her custom wedding ring services. Links and addresses —— —— ——

The future is golden There is no stopping NimZu. Natasha will move to her new workshop at De Plantage in September, a bustling co-working space in the upcoming Borgerhout neighborhood. Up till now, her workshop was located at her home, close to the beau-

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NIMZU: NIMZU.BE MARKT VAN MORGEN: MARKTVANMORGEN. BE TINSEL: VLAAMSEKAAI 40, ANTWERP TINSEL.BE BARNINI: OUDEVAARTPLAATS 10, ANTWERP KAFFEENINI: NATIONALESTRAAT 114, ANTWERP LN KNITS: LEOPOLDSTRAAT 22, ANTWERP LNKNITS.COM ESPOO: VLAAMSEKAAI 57, ANTWERP ESPOO.BE DE PLANTAGE: LENINGSTRAAT 19-21, ANTWERP - DE-PLANTAGE.BE

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FRIES MARATHON Fries and Belgium: an unbreakable marriage. Why is our country so in love with this fried gold? We tried to figure it out. By eating them, of course. We selected five different Antwerp snack bars. Or, as we locals call them: ‘frietkoten’. Not the most common ones perhaps, but remarkable for sure! Text and photography by Kim Pillen and Lize Colson


You’re probably wondering: when and how did this Belgian fries madness start? There’s a myriad of ways to explain. We like this story in particular: due to a harsh winter, sometime in the 17th century, fishing was made impossible. All lakes were almost completely frozen over. A blessing in disguise, because in some parts of Wallonia – the French-speaking part of Belgium – people found a better alternative to frozen fish. They cut potatoes in the shape of small fish and fried them. French fries were born. French? Yes. The national dish was wrongly named French fries by American servicemen. After the end of the First World War, they named the fries after the language spoken in Wallonia: French. Forgetting they were still in Belgium. Now you know that French fries are actually Belgian fries, we’ll continue our quest, which started at snack bar De Laet.

Snack bar & butchery De Laet Imagine an ordinary snack bar. Done? The snack bar in your mind probably doesn’t look a lot like De Laet. An extraordinary snack palace. The place to still your hunger after a late-night drink. The snack bar is big enough for you and your gang to sit down. The two floor levels have been decorated with stars such as Elvis and Marilyn Monroe, and sport a great view over the Queen Astrid square. The typical and at times noisy Dutch songs & TV programs provide the classic Belgian snack bar background sound and make the experience complete. Opt for a homemade satay if you’re looking for the ultimate hangover cure. Especially since the owners also run a butcher’s shop next door. For this dish, they use fresh meat straight from their own counter. Not into meat? Order a ‘puntzak’ or cone and receive a massive family-sized portion of fries for a genuinely fair price. You’ll like it as much as we did. Were the fries we tried crispy? Not really. Buy they were eatable and not expensive at all! De Laet is a great spot for a cheap, tasty late-night snack. Not in the least thanks to its flexible opening hours and handy location! —— —— —— —— —— —— ——

++ KONINGIN ASTRIDPLEIN 39 PIN AVAILABLE 10 % STUDENT DISCOUNT OPEN UNTIL 1 A.M. NUMBER ONE ON YELP TRIED AND RECOMMENDED: ‘PUNTZAK’ WITH MAYONNAISE (THE MOST CLASSIC BELGIAN FRIES DISH EVER)

De Smulpaep Find yourself a getaway in this small living room. The friendly owners quit their jobs and started doing what they love most: hosting people! And, of course, besides hosting they like to make fries... and their own tartar sauce! Ever heard of cheese soufflé with jalapeno peppers? No? You have now, and you

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should try them out at De Smulpaep. As well as this pretty fat-rich meal: fries with mayonnaise and a layer of Belgian beef stew on top. Don’t forget to add some homemade tartar sauce. More please! The fries are crispy, golden... just perfect. From now on, you will never eat fries without beef stew, mayonnaise and a bit of tartar sauce. Trust us. Waiting for your food to fry? Have a chat with the owners. They’ll tell you everything you want to know about the student neighborhood where the snack bar is located. You’ll discover how close everyone in this neighborhood is. For instance: the logo of De Smulpaep is made by one of the artists of Troebel Neyntje, an art collective located a few steps down the street. The interior of De Smulpaep is vintage. For real. They kept the old-time charm of the building. Although De Smulpaep is small, there’s always a seat available. Where? At the pub next door! Sit down with your fries and join the locals in drinking a Belgian beer from the tap. By the way: you’ll be surrounded by more than 300 different witch dolls. The owner of the pub called Bezemsteeltje (‘Little witch’s broom’) never bought one. People from all over the globe brought them as a gift. We cherish the friendly atmosphere and the great contact between locals. This is what makes eating fries at De Smulpaep feel like coming home. You’ll return home satisfied and you’ll sleep well. Highly recommended! —— —— —— —— —— ——

+++++ VARKENSMARKT 2A CASH ONLY CLOSED DURING WEEKENDS A FULL LOYALTY CARD WILL GET YOU A FREE LOTTERY TICKET! TRIED AND RECOMMENDED: CHEESE SOUFFLÉ WITH JALAPENO PEPPERS, FRIES WITH HOMEMADE TARTAR SAUCE, BELGIAN BEEF STEW AND MAYONNAISE

Frituur Den Hoek Ever heard of a ‘Frietchinees’? Seemingly a lot of Asians run a snack bar in Belgium. Like snack bar Den Hoek (‘The Corner’). They’re called ‘Frietchinees’ by the locals, literally translated as ‘Frying Chinese’. After a while, the word became so common, it was named Flemish Word of the Year 2012. In this off-the-beaten track chip shop, you’ll probably only meet locals. People from the hood (a lot of Antwerp celebrities) walk in for a quick snack and a chat. We joined this ritual and tried the homemade meat skewer and fries with tartar sauce, and had a chat with the owner, Denny. He told us about the big catastrophe of 2013. His snack bar went up in flames. With some help from neighbors and a lot of hard work, Den Hoek made its comeback! And the place looks better than ever: the corner house is beautifully lit and lined with nothing else but windows. White, clean and with nice typography on the windows. Standing on the outside, you can’t immediately tell that you’re dealing with a snack bar. Think snacks are boring? Hell no! Den Hoek made some national headlines with their insect balls and burgers. Not available anymore, but keep an eye open! Some other surprising dish will probably pop up on their menu soon. —— —— —— ——

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+++ ANSELMOSTRAAT 73 CASH ONLY VEGAN SNACKS AVAILABLE & THE TYPICAL BELGIAN BICKY BURGER IS AVAILABLE IN VEGGIE VERSION TRIED AND RECOMMENDED: HOMEMADE CHICKEN SATAY WITH SATAY HERBS AND TARTAR SAUCE

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Haute frituur

De Jean

Haute frituur is the haute couture of fry shacks. It’s not your common snack bar with deep fried snacks. They serve quality food that is not industrially prepared. All snacks are handmade.

When we were still at school, young and wild, we often visited snack bar De Jean, in the middle of the student neighborhood. De Jean is named after boss Jean, a great guy! A real local legend. Some people even named their student association after him!

Owner Michel collaborates with local farms located in Retie, Oostmalle and Wuustwezel, all within the province of Antwerp. On top of that, he tries to use as many ecological materials as possible and reduce the amount of waste. The result? Great food and excellent, bulky fries! This shack even won a trophy for Best Tartar Sauce in the World by Wallpaper magazine. Need we say more… —— —— —— —— ——

++++ KLOOSTERSTRAAT 110 CASH ONLY CLOSED ON MONDAY & TUESDAY TRIED AND RECOMMENDED: BITTERBALLEN MADE OUT OF TRUFFLES

The snack bar lies between the various campuses at Ossenmarkt, a cozy square, always crowded with students looking to relax. Hence, a great atmosphere, but what about the fries and such? Service at De Jean is great: quick and friendly, as it should be. The fries are great, crispy and tasty. If you aren’t that hungry, you’ll want to order a ‘schepje’, a really small portion of fries. Don’t forget to add satay herbs on your fries! A habit we learned at this particular snack bar. They offer a wide range of sauces, such as tartar or joppie sauce (a true favorite of the Dutch). De Jean is an average snack bar with a solid menu, delicious fries and good service. —— —— —— ——

+++ OSSENMARKT 29 PIN AVAILABLE TRIED AND RECOMMENDED: A ‘SCHEPJE’ WITH JOPPIE SAUCE

So… We stuffed ourselves with fries and sauces and meat snacks. But what could be said about the Belgian national dish? It’s most definitely part of a specific culinary culture. Only Belgians eat their fries with tartar sauce, satay herbs and beef stew. But the uniqueness of Belgian fries isn’t so much in the taste. It’s the entire culture around it that’s unique. The way people enjoy their fries, like it’s the last thing they’re ever going to eat, the way you feel connected to your fellow customers and the importance of fries in the Belgian diet are not to be underestimated. Have a great meal! And remember: French fries don’t exist. They’re called Belgian fries!

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HANNA. As a formal professional sportswoman, Hanna Mariën is well acquainted with the color gold. During her sports career, she was part of the Belgian 4x100m athletic team and won gold at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. Together with Elfje Willemsen, she also formed the national bobsled team ‘the Belgian Bullets’. Two years ago, Hanna decided to change her career and now works as a personal trainer in Antwerp. We met up with her and had a nice chat about the Olympics, Antwerp and of course sports. Text & photography by Marian van Sprakelaar


To begin with, could you describe yourself to people who don’t know you that well? Sports is my life, I couldn’t live without it. When I was six years old, I discovered running and I was immediately drawn to it. I could run effortlessly and it made me feel great. From that age on, sport has always been a part of my life. First, I started playing korfball because my mom wanted me to do a team sport. When I was fifteen years old, I began with athletics. Two years later, I quit korfball and focused on athletics. I’m a very enthusiastic person; I never give up and I commit myself 200%. That is exactly what I did with athletics. I gave up everything to train, to push myself a little further and to achieve my goals. My ultimate dream was to go to the Olympics and I made that dream come true. But after being a professional sportswoman for fifteen years, I felt that I wanted to start living. I wanted to be able to go out for drinks with my friends and have free time. That is why I quit my athletic career.

You really live and breathe sports! What do you do now? The moment I stopped as a professional sportswoman, I started working at a physiotherapy clinic because I couldn’t sit still. After eight months had passed, I caught myself thinking that my life hadn’t changed. I still lived as a professional sportswoman, while actually I wanted to enjoy life more. So I took a break, worked part-time as an administrative assistant and followed a course in Brussels. After taking it a bit slower, I started working as a personal trainer. Things are going well and in November I am opening my own studio in Borsbeek.

From everything you have achieved so far, what are you most proud of? Of the silver medal we won at the Olympics in 2008. During my career, I constantly set new goals for myself, with the Olympics being the highest goal. We made it to the Olympics and not only that, we also won a silver medal. It was fantastic. We were so happy; it actually felt as if we had won gold. I don’t think we could have been any happier if we had won gold at that moment. Now, eight years later, we

were informed that due to doping abuse in the Russian team, we actually won the gold medal. Of course it is sad that the sports world is polluted with doping and that even the most trustworthy people can be bribed. But winning gold is great and I enjoy the attention we are getting again. People forget quickly but now we are back in the spotlight. This big achievement of us is appreciated again, and that feels very nice.

A little about Antwerp now. Tell me, what do you like about Antwerp? I don’t live in the center of Antwerp but just on the edge of the city, in Borsbeek. Which is great, because the city is still really close. I just bought a folding bike, so I park my car somewhere quiet and then take my bike and cruise around. My favorite spot is the Dageraad square in Berchem. When I am there, it feels as if I am on holidays!

Sports is your life, you say. What does a perfect sports day look like to you? Every weekend, my partner and I get up rather early and take our bikes. We both need action and can’t sit still an entire day. We often cycle along the canal, to Herentals or Lier. Sometimes we have lunch along the way. In the afternoon, we just relax and go out.

What are your favorite places in Antwerp for doing sports? When I was still living in Lillo, I would cycle from Lillo to Antwerp along the Scheldelaan and Singel roads. That is definitely a great route, it is a long and straight track and you can really speed up there. Since I have moved back to my childhood town of Borsbeek, I often do sports at Rivierenhof. I enjoy being outside, so you can find me there for a nice workout. I just discovered a new spot, the Wezenberg swimming pool. I am going to be in the television show ‘Eeuwige roem’, a program in which retired professional athletes compete. One of the challenges involves swimming and diving. I really didn’t like swimming, but I am competitive. So I bought myself a swimsuit and goggles and started training. By now, I actually really enjoy it. I think you will find me there very often, especially in wintertime.


ELIXIR D’ANVERS: ANTWERP’S LIQUID GOLD. Text by Erik De Beukelaer Photography by Erik De Beukelaer and Elixir d’Anvers


For more than 150 years, Antwerp has been renowned for its herbal liquor with a golden shine, Elixir d’Anvers. The story goes that one night at 2 o’clock in the morning, François-Xavier de Beukelaer, a former medicine and pharmacy student, experimented with herbal and root infusions to find the perfect recipe for his elixir. We discovered the Elixir’s history and asked one of the best bartenders in the world to serve us a true Antwerp cocktail.

The first distillery was opened in 1863, and François-Xavier started traveling the world to sell his liquid gold. The liquor was praised wherever he went; many golden medals and certificates followed. As sales went up, the production facilities were moved several times to bigger buildings before finding their current location in 1894. Since then, nothing has changed apart from the new packaging line. The building breathes authenticity with the antique copper stills and wooden casks. All this time, the elixir has been produced following the very same, secret recipe François-Xavier penned down in 1863. Currently, only two people know about the exact mixture of herbs and spices being used. Throughout these years, the distillery remained independent and in the hands of the same family.


tillery is aiming more and more at a new kind of elixir aficionados: those of the culinary type. In 2015, they started a partnership with Seppe Nobels from ‘Graanmarkt 13’, a first-rate restaurant in the city center. He created some dishes, both sweet and savory, using the liqueur. His mâitre-sommelier Sander De Saegher crafted some inventive cocktails to go along with these dishes. All recipes can be found on the website. In 2016, Seppe passed the torch to Vilhjalmur Sigurdarson, another young and celebrated chef. Production process

Cocktail recipe

Around 32 herbs, spices and roots from all over the world are macerated overnight in pure alcohol. The broth is distilled slowly to obtain a whopping 80% ABV alcohol content, the “alcoholate”. This alcoholate is mixed with pure water and sugar. The mixture rests in old oak barrels for up to four months and is then blended with other casks to achieve the same end product time and time again.

Revival Many medicinal properties are attributed to the elixir, most notably its very potent digestive effect. But apart from being a spicy digestive, the liqueur is also used to help with stomach aches, sore throats and many other pains and ailments. It’s still being used as a powerful remedy against colic in horses. Some horse breeders come to the distillery to buy 20-30 bottles at a time, but in my opinion not all of them will end up in a horse’s stomach.

Instead of picking one of the website’s proven cocktails, we asked Dries Botty of cocktail bar ‘The Dirty Rabbit’ to make us a signature cocktail using Elixir d’Anvers. He was more than eager to help us out and came up with the following recipe. Your TIA reporter can confirm it was delicious. —— —— —— —— ——

2CL TANQUERAY N10 GIN 3CL ELIXIR D’ANVERS 1CL DRY SHERRY 2CL LEMON JUICE 1 CRUSHED STEM OF LEMON GRASS

First crush the stem of lemon grass in your shaker. Add the other ingredients and fill up the shaker with ice. Shake it for about 14 seconds. Sift the contents of your shaker in a chilled Martini glass, leaving out the lemon grass and ice. Now enjoy your ‘Charles Word’!

Master distiller and CEO Ivan Nollet advises that a daily portion of one tiny glass will provide beneficial effects, and many grandmas still follow his advice. Unfortunately, grandmas are not the best customers long-term wise, so the dis-

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DRIES BOTTY DIRTY RABBIT. Dries Botty is Antwerp’s wonder boy in the cocktail scene. He shakes and stirs his cocktails at The Dirty Rabbit, a very unique and special cocktail bar in Antwerp’s trendy South quarter. We asked Dries to make a signature cocktail using Elixir d’Anvers. While he was doing so, we took the time to ask him about his life as a professional bartender in Antwerp. Text & photography by Erik De Beukelaer


In 2016, he will be representing Belgium in the Diageo World Class competition (DWC) in Miami. This competition can be regarded as the cocktail Olympics with more than 40 contestants trying to be crowned world’s best bartender of the year. We join Dries in Smokey Jo’s Garage, a summer pop-up bar and restaurant curated by the same people behind The Dirty Rabbit. How does it feel to be participating in DWC in Miami? Do you think you’ll stand a chance among all those other mixologists? Dries: Of course I’m very glad to be participating. I think it’s the dream of every bartender. I would like to continue in the same vein as in the national competition. Instead of being nervous, I was very calm because I had nothing to lose. It was not the first time I participated, and before the competition I told myself this would be the last. I just wanted to have fun and prepare some special drinks for the jury. Especially in the speed challenge, my calm demeanor really worked out. It would be great to finish as high as possible in Miami, or even win the final round. That would be mental! But I hope to be Western Europe’s best. It would also be great to match Jurgen Nobels’ record (ed: 11th place in 2015).

What makes the difference between a good cocktail and a great one? Dries: It’s in the preparation and quality of the ingredients. Every single syrup I use is

homemade. At The Dirty Rabbit, we process around 40 kg of fresh lemons each week. Preparing the ingredients for one cocktail can take up to one week in total. That’s also one of the challenges in Miami. My luggage will be filled with bottles of syrups and infusions. I hope I won’t get into trouble with US Customs.

What are your aspirations for the future? Dries: I hope to have my own cocktail bar in less than 3 years. It should be something unique, maybe a typical brown pub, with cured sausages at the counter (laughs). What I like about The Dirty Rabbit is its uniqueness. It’s not your typical, posh cocktail bar, but something special. Everything goes and nothing is looked down upon. On weeknights, it’s rather civilized and you can sip your cocktails at one of the tables, but in the weekend it can really turn into a party in there. No lounge music here: we have a DJ spinning dance music and the same concept goes: everything is possible, from commercial house to Flemish “Schlagers” even. The atmosphere is wonderful! If I start something on my own, it should also have its own character. I don’t want to make a copy of some other hip cocktail bar. Because by the time you’re open, you’d already be outdated.

Any golden tips for young travelers in Antwerp? Dries: For good cocktails, you can go either to Bijou or Dogma. Both have their own personality and serve wonderful drinks. And if you’re more into beer: try Vedett. I like eating at Frank & Brut, Burgers & Booze, Appelmans, the Tapabar and Cabrón. They all serve no-nonsense food in an informal setting. And I’m really looking forward to the opening of the indoor food market at Groenplaats square.

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WE ARE GOLDEN. Because it’s our fifth anniversary, we wanted to shoot something different than our usual street style pics. Not that we don’t love the way Antwerp locals look on the street, but we wanted to dress them ourselves, just this once. Why? Because gold looks best on people with ambition! One of our models-for-one-day is Abigail Johnson. She’s a singer and bound to be the next big thing. Mark our words! Abigail already featured on a couple of records with other artists such as Bringhim (check out his hit single Hysteria) and Dutch rapper Cho (check out the songs Ik mis je and Eerste keer). But now she wants to focus on her solo career. She’s currently producing a lot of music for her first album or mixtape. Abigail is also teaching herself to play the bass guitar. “I want to make music with a heartbeat. I would love to bring back nineties RnB,” she says. We still have to wait to hear some music of her own, but you can already check out her YouTube channel where she sings RnB. And you can find a whole interview with Abigail online on our website. We also asked lovebirds Salaam and Sherin for this shoot. She’s a model, he’s a dancer. He performs a lot, but also teaches dance classes all around town. The couple met over a year ago on Tinder. It truly is a modern love story. But enough with the talking. Time to meet these three golden locals! Text by Helen Van den Poel Photography by Jef Claes Models: Abigail Johnson, Salaam Paragh and Sherin Zavazalova Production by Helen Van den Poel, Sofie Van den Bril and Tine Van den Poel


GOLDILOCKS. If this magazine can have a gold makeover, why can’t we – the This Is Antwerp Locals – have one? So we decided to visit COSTA DEL and got transformed into real Antwerp Goldilocks. COSTA what? COSTA DEL is a hair salon owned and ran by Stijn Hillebrant (formerly known as STIJN haircare). Word on the streets is that a visit to COSTA DEL feels like a holiday in between holidays. Well, that’s exactly what we needed! An while Stijn was doing his thing with our hair, we took some time to distract him with a bit of Q&A. Text by Sofie Van den Bril Photography by Helen Van den Poel

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Stijn, why did you become a hairdresser? Actually, everyone around me knew that I would become a hairdresser before I did. By the time I was 15, I was cutting the hair of almost half of my classmates. I had no formal education or anything. I just cut their hair randomly, not really knowing what I was doing. I quit high school when I was 16 and started working in a snackbar, which I actually really enjoyed. But I was young and I believed in this thing called ‘the power of a degree’ so I felt I needed to do something else. At that time, I was already living by myself so I wanted to study something while working at the same time. There were bills to pay, after all. In the meantime, I kept cutting hair, in-

cluding my boss’s from the snack bar, so going for a hairdresser degree was an obvious choice to me. The hairdresser training program included one day of learning skills and a fourday-a-week apprenticeship in a salon. My first boss was a great hairdresser, but also extremely strict. Which I am now thankful for, because he taught me so much in such a short period of time. Earning just 350 euros a month and living by myself as a 17-year-old wasn’t really what you call easy living. But it kind of worked out because I was working too much and too hard to have any time left to spend my money. (laughs) After one year, I got my degree and started working in different salons, while at the same time improving my technique and learning other skills, such as hair coloring.

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How did you start working for yourself? I started working as a hairdresser in fashion store YOUR. I was the only hairdresser there. My employers were into the retail business. So what mattered to them was selling products. Because of that, I was given a lot of freedom as a hairdresser, which was very new and challenging for me. After four years of working there, I felt it was time for something new. Working at YOUR was a great experience because I got a first taste of what it’s like to run your own business. So when I left YOUR, it made sense to me to continue working for myself. My first experience as a completely independent hairdresser was when I opened a pop-up hair salon on the second floor of a coffee bar. This was really fun to do. After three months, I was already so busy that the place became too small. So that’s when I started renting a warehouse in the Aalmoezenierstraat. This again outgrew its limits, so here we are: in COSTA DEL.

What does your average working day look like? Usually, I’m here one hour before my first customer arrives. It’s a mental preparation thing. I need this zen moment with my coffee before the rush starts. But usually I end up washing towels and fixing some other stuff. Most of the times, I’m already working with clients before the two girls that work with me get here. And then it’s just non-stop until the end of the day. I end the day as I started it: I finish some chores and have a moment of peace and silence before I go home. Sometimes I’m just sitting here for an hour watching myself in the mirror and contemplating life. (laughs)

What makes the hairdressing profession so interesting? I believe I somehow add value to world peace. No, I’m kidding. It sounds cliché, but I really enjoy women with rich hair. A hairdo can make such a difference to peo-

ple. I instantly see the results of my work. The most fun part is the transformation someone goes through. The way people enter and leave the salon can be worlds apart. I love it when clients step outside feeling like a whole new person with more confidence.

What are the less fun parts of the job? The administration tasks. I think I have a psychological illness that hasn’t yet been discovered because when I look at documents with a lot of numbers, everything just starts spinning. Unfortunately, those numbers and documents are very important. Especially now that I have two girls working with me, I have to understand what’s going on.

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An ideal situation would be to enter my salon like a diva, handing out commands and leave at the end of the day with zero care. So, yes, paperwork is my absolute number one hassle. But sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do to make something happen that you love.

Antwerp locals really love your salon. A lot. What are your talents as a hairdresser? I’ve worked at a lot of high-end places, snob salons. I could tell you stories about it that you couldn’t possibly imagine. High-maintenance people with exaggerated needs. I really dislike that kind of bullshit. So when I opened my own salon, I thought to myself: I don’t want this again. Never ever. I want people to have rich hair but without the nonsense. And it worked out. I have a great clients! Everybody that comes here is just easy-going and kind. Of course everyone

wants beautiful hair, but I think I’m more demanding than my clients. Also, I’m really good with colors. It’s a bit of mathematics, a bit of insight, and it seems to be my talent. I’ve been doing this for such a long time now. People know I know what looks good on them. Plus, I don’t charge extra for curling, straightening or when I think it’s necessary to put 500 products in your hair. I just want everyone to leave my salon with beautiful hair.

Well, thank you very much! For the talk, and for the new hairdo! ——

APART FROM THE SALON ITSELF, COSTA DEL ALSO HAS AN OUTSTANDINGLY GOOD WEBSITE AND BLOG. IT’S AN ONLINE PLATFORM THAT COMBINES THE TWO MOST DISCUSSED TOPICS AT THE SALON: HAIRSPIRATIONS AND GOING ON HOLIDAYS. HAVE A LOOK AND BOOK AN APPOINTMENT AT WWW.COSTADEL.CLUB!

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ALL THAT GLITTERS ISN’T GOLD, SOMETIMES IT’S GREY… Text by Laetitia Sabiti Photography by Jef Claes


TheColorGrey is the new gold, as this promising artist from Antwerp paved his way to a bright future not only for himself, but the Belgian hip hop scene as well. Recently signed to Warner Music Belgium under his own label Corner Vibes, TheColorGrey is ready to shift the local music business, putting Antwerp on the map as the aspiring city of hip hop. What better way to celebrate our five-year anniversary than having a little chat with the self-made artist behind TheColorGrey?

Why TheColorGrey though? TheColorGrey: That’s actually a long story. But long story short… I got inspired by a book I read when I was about 16 years old. At that time, I hadn’t really thought about life that much. However, a certain character in this book decided that a person isn’t really black nor white, but grey. And this point of view got me thinking, eventually even philosophizing about it. To a certain point that I decided for myself that I’m feeling the exact same way… grey. What do you mean when you say you’re “not black nor white”? TheColorGrey: With black being symbolized as bad and white as good, I mean that everybody has good and bad in them. It’s like the principle of yin and yang. Having listened to your song Sins and your EP Do the right thing, it feels like you’re drawing the philosophy behind TheColorGrey into your music. Are you trying to come clean with some confessions? TheColorGrey: (smiles) Sins isn’t a confession, but pure fiction. As for Do the right thing, I was inspired by Spike Lee’s movie. You actually have to see the movie to understand the connection, but it all comes down to a single sentence of wisdom spoken by an elderly vagrant. He simply wanders around and points out to everyone he crosses to “Do the right thing!”, actually inspiring myself to do the right thing as well. It gave me the little push I needed in the right direction. Talking about inspiration, Antwerp seems to inspire you a lot as well, as you mention the city quite often in your songs. What makes our city so inspiring to you? TheColorGrey: I was born and raised in Antwerp. I actually grew up near the station in the heart of the city. When I was around 12, I moved out of the city with my mother, but I often came back to hang around and chill with my friends. I eventually moved back to the city as I

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enrolled in high school. It’s not so much specific places in Antwerp that inspire me, but the things happening around me as I stroll around from ‘t Zuid (the South district of Antwerp) to the center of the city with my headphones on. I do try to show the love I harbor for the city through my music as I’m trying to become a significant influence for it in the near future. In your song Antwerp Girls, which happens to be my favorite, you rap that you just want to get a deal. A couple of songs later, you actually got signed to Warner Music under your own label Corner Vibes. How does it feel now that your wish came true? TheColorGrey: I’d actually been approached by several labels and professionals earlier, but I didn’t feel ready at that time. I’m guessing that I put myself on Warner’s radar from the moment I released the music video for Sins and the EP Do the right thing, which was by the way important for me to do so by myself. Now that I’m ready, I feel it was the right choice to wait for this deal to happen. Warner Music didn’t really have a hip hop artist in their repertoire up until now. Being their first, I’m quite sure they can do a lot more for me than other labels, same way I can do a whole lot for them. So I’m feeling great. I did the right thing (smiles).

With Antwerp Girls being written a year ago, did you ever imagine it would all happen this fast? TheColorGrey: Fast… To me, not so much, but I understand why people would believe so. I’ve been working on my music far longer than appears on my social networks. Ever since I was 8. But it’s true that I only put my work out to the larger public two years ago. However, I had a feeling everything would turn out well with the support I received on Facebook and Soundcloud and the interest I sparked among professionals. So I never worried too much about not being able to make it happen. So from here on, what does the future of Corner Vibes and TheColorGrey look like? TheColorGrey: I’ve got my eye on a few potential additions to Corner Vibes. However, can’t say too much about it for the time being. What I can say, is that we’re trying to put a stamp on the Belgian hip hop scene and push it forward together with the artists I truly believe have the potential to do so. I actually hope to release a first artist by next year. I’m currently working on a new album as well. The first single will already be released by the end of this year. Can’t say too much about that either. But you’ll see for yourself in a couple of months, they are very exciting months ahead. ——

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This is a list of addresses mentioned in the articles, in order of appearance. They are followed by a code referring to the grid of the map on page 32-33. A. B. C. D. E. F. G. H. I. J. K. L. M. N. O. P. Q. R. S. T. U. V. W. X. Y. Z.

Antwerp AA. Red Star Line Museum, Montevideostraat 3, 2000 Antwerp AB. Korsakov, Sint-Jorispoort 1, 2000 Antwerp AC. Kapitein Zeppos, Vleminckveld 78, 2000 Antwerp AD. Suitsupply, Frankrijklei 123, 2000 Antwerp AE. De Koninck City Brewery, Mechelsesteenweg 291, 2018 Antwerp AF. Biologische Bakkerij, Mechelsesteenweg 72, 2000 Antwerp AG. Pain Quotidien, Mechelsesteenweg 45, 2000 Antwerp AH. Meirbrug AI. Keizerstraat AJ. Kavka, Oudaan 14, 2000 Antwerp AK. Kammenstraat AL. COSTA DEL, Prekersstraat 44, 2000 Antwerp AM. YOUR, Kloosterstraat 90, 2000 Antwerp AN. Aalmoezenierstraat AO. De Laet, Koninging Astridplein 39, 2000 Antwerp AP. De Smulpaep, Varkensmarkt 2a, 2000 Antwerp AQ. Frituur Den Hoek, Anselmostraat 73, 2018 Antwerp AR. Haute Frituur, Kloosterstraat 110, 2000 Antwerp AS. De Jean, Ossenmarkt 29, 2000 Antwerp AT. Sint Lucas School of Arts, Sint-Jozefstraat 35, 2018 Antwerp AU. Born in Antwerp, Kattendijkdok-Oostkaai 21, 2000 Antwerp

WHERE IS WHAT?

Dageraadplaats Scheldelaan Singel Rivierenhof Wezenberg Tinsel, Vlaamsekaai 40, 2000 Antwerp Barnini, Oudevaartplaats 10, 2000 Antwerp Kaffeenini, Nationalestraat 114, 2000 Antwerp LN Knits, Leopoldstraat 22, 2000 Antwerp Espoo, Vlaamsekaai 49, 2000 Antwerp De Plantage, Leningstraat 19-21, 2140 Antwerp Te Boelaerpark Boekenbergpark Museum Plantin-Moretus, Vrijdagmarkt 22-23, 2000 Antwerp Broer Bretel, Nassaustraat 7, 2000 Antwerp Mademoiselle Moustache, Paardenmarkt 21, 2000 Antwerp Coffeelabs, Lange Klarenstraat 19, 2000 Antwerp Normo, Minderbroerdersrui 30, 2000 Antwerp Cuperus, Sint-Katelijnevest 51, 2000 Antwerp Me & My Monkey, Oever 18, 2000 Antwerp Coffee & Vinyl, Volkstraat 45, 2000 Antwerp Café Kamiel, Markgravelei 90, 2018 Antwerp Revista, Karel Rogierstraat 47, 2000 Antwerp Cinema Cartoons, Kaasstraat 4, 2000 Antwerp Hotel Julien, Korte Nieuwstraat 24, 2000 Antwerp MAS, Hanzestedenplaats 1, 2000


BABY IT’S COLD OUTSIDE. We’re not going to lie to you. The weather in Antwerp can sometimes be pretty harsh. Rainy. Cold. Or both. Do you want to stay warm? We’ll help you out with our list of Antwerp hotspots (yes, pun intended). Text by Lize Colson


The coziest coffee bars in town

Hotel Julien’s wellness room

When you say Antwerp, you say coffee. Need a break during shopping? Warm yourself with a delicious cup of hot chocolate, coffee, tea or chai latte at one of our old-time favorite coffee bars.

Maybe you’re more fond of spending a rainy day at a spa? After a long day exploring the city, you’ll want to book into Hotel Julien’s private spa for a relaxing break. Share memorable moments with your loved ones under the waterfall and rain showers, get steamy in the hammam and sauna, relax on hot stones and cool down again with a fresh ice scrub. The spa is a hidden treasure in the historic cellars of Hotel Julien and is also open to a limited number of non-hotel guests! Highly recommended!

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BROER BRETEL, NASSAUSTRAAT 7 MADEMOISELLE MOUSTACHE, PAARDENMARKT 21 COFFEELABS, LANGE KLARENSTRAAT 19 BARNINI, OUDEVAARTPLAATS 10 KAFFEENINI, NATIONALESTRAAT 114 NORMO, MINDERBROEDERSRUI 30 CUPERUS, SINT-KATELIJNEVEST 51 ME & MY MONKEY, OEVER 18 COFFEE & VINYL, VOLKSTRAAT 45 CAFÉ KAMIEL, MARKGRAVELEI 90 TINSEL, VLAAMSEKAAI 40 REVISTA, KAREL ROGIERSTRAAT 47

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FOR MORE INFORMATION, CHECK OUT THESPA.BE.

Cinema Cartoons Rainy day? Don’t know what to do? What about a good movie?! There’s no better place to catch some great cinema than at Cinema Cartoons. Cinema Cartoons isn’t a mainstream movie theatre. This cozy, authentic cinema is located in the heart of Antwerp. Since 1978, the movie theatre has been well established in the Antwerp city scene. With its three screens, it offers a varied, even alternative movie selection to charm people of any age. Additionally, the venue offers concerts and hosts a wine bar in the renovated basement. ——

YOU’LL FIND CINEMA CARTOONS AT KAASSTRAAT 4. CHECK THE MOVIES THAT ARE CURRENTLY SHOWING AND BOOK YOUR SEATS AT CINEMACARTOONS.BE.

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Antwerp sightseeing by tram Autumn, and especially winter, aren’t the best of seasons to discover Antwerp on foot. Thank god Antwerp has a great tram and bus network. Our favourite line? Hop on and off tram 7 to discover Antwerp’s hidden treasures. Chat with the locals sitting next to you, they’ll give you the best tips & tricks to explore the city. And check out our favorite tram 7 stops. ——

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SINT-PIETERSVLIET: AROUND THE CORNER OF THE LOCAL NIGHT CLUBS, ALONG THE RIVER SCHELDT AND CLOSE TO THE MAS AND THE RED STAR LINE MUSEUM MECHELSEPLEIN: A CHARMING SQUARE SURROUNDED BY SOME OF ANTWERP’S FINEST PUBS SUCH AS KORSAKOV AND KAPITEIN ZEPPOS NATIONALE BANK (SUIT SUPPLY) HARMONIEPARK: A LITTLE GREEN, QUIET DOT, NOT TOO FAR FROM THE CITY CENTER AND CLOSE TO THE DE KONINCK CITY BREWERY VAN BREE: ALONG THE STREET OF THIS TRAM STOP, YOU’LL FIND THE BIOLOGISCHE BAKKER (‘ORGANIC BAKERY’) AND PAIN QUOTIDIEN, TWO LOVELY BAKERIES WHERE YOU CAN EAT BREAKFAST OR JUST DRINK A CUP OF COFFEE MEIRBRUG: CLOSE TO THE MAIN SHOPPING BOULEVARD AND RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF THE CITY CENTER KEIZERSTRAAT: IF YOU’RE LOOKING FOR AN AREA WHERE YOU WON’T BE ABLE TO CHOOSE BETWEEN MANY PERFECT PLACES FOR A BRUNCH, THIS IS WHERE YOU NEED TO BE KONINKLIJKELAAN: GET AN AWESOME HAIRDO AT HAIRDRESSER SLANGENHUISJE OR STROLL THROUGH THE SURROUNDING PARKS OUDAAN: NEXT TO KAVKA, WHERE YOU’LL ALWAYS FIND A COOL POP-UP, EXHIBITION OR EVERLASTING PARTY, AND KAMMENSTRAAT, THE SHOPPING STREET FOR MORE URBAN-MINDED SOULS

These Antwerp designers keep you warm! Antwerp is the city of fashion. A lot of young, talented designers are based here. Like LN Knits. This Antwerp fair-trade knit shop is led by Antwerp’s Ellen Kegels and a team of passionate grannies that help design, knit and custom make your unique orders into true pieces of fashion. Every LN design (gloves, sweaters, bonnets, you name it) is made out of 100 percent baby alpaca wool. Baby alpaca is one of the softest and most delicate fibers in the world and the base material in all their products. These products are made in Peru, with the best worker conditions and by people who receive fair pay. The brand helps 300 Peruvian ladies and their  families earn a steady income. Stop by their shop in Leopoldstraat if you’re looking for a warm gift! Or take a look on lnknits.com.

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Good to know

How to get around

Most stores are closed on Sunday.

By taxi

Only every first Sunday of the month most stores are open.

Sometimes it’s easier to use a taxi to get from point A to point B but here are some ground rules:

TIPS TIPS TIPS.

Except for the ones in Hoogstraat and Kloosterstraat, they are open every Sunday. Most stores are closed on holidays like Christmas and New Years Eve. You often have to pay a fee to use the toilet. A beer, or as we say a ‘pintje’ will set you back approximately ¤2 (so don’t get ripped off). Most museums are closed on Mondays. Most markets take place on Friday, Saturday and Sunday (Vrijdagmarkt, Exotic Market, Bird Market,…) We have 4 cinemas in our city center: UGC (approximately 20 screens), Cinema Zuid (quality programming and re-runs), Cinema Klappei (a small location theater, re-runs) and Cinema Cartoons (quality programming and re-runs) Don’t overpay for fries: there are a lot of great fry shacks (‘frituur’). Keep it around ¤2,8 for a big one (without sauce). We have a pop-up culture, so check our (free and offline) app to see where the party’s going down. If you get into trouble (which you won’t) and you need help from the police, medical emergency team or the fire brigade, call ‘112’.

1) you can’t wave your arm around and expect a taxi to stop. You have to call one (or use the app) or go to one of the taxi stands. 2) you can fit 4 people in a normal sized taxi and up to 8 in a van. It’s a lot cheaper to share a cab! 3) You have to pay extra at night. Starting rate is ¤5.45 from 10pm till 6am. Download the Antwerp-tax or DTM app for iPhone or Android. You’ll find taxi stands at: Arenbergstraat e4 Bolivarplaats h1 Dageraadplaats g8 Franklin Rooseveltplaats d5 Godefriduskaai (MAS) b3 Groenplaats d3 Kievitplein (Central Station) e6 Leopold De Waelplaats f4 Pelikaanstraat (Central Station) e6 Steenplein c2 Waalsekaai f1 By public transportation Antwerp has an extensive network of public transportation (bus and tram). You can buy a single ticket for ¤2 on the bus or buy one in advance at the machines on the platform. If you are partying the night away on Friday or Saturday you can always take the night buses. They leave at the Royal Museum of Fine Arts g1 Groenplaats d3 F.Rooseveltplaats d5 Definitely check the time schedules in advance because they change during the month of July and August.

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By bicycle

Free Wifi

VELO

It’s always handy to know where you can get free WIFI so we listed a few spots.

Biking is always a nice way to explore a city. You can rent a red bike (you see them all over town) with your credit card in three different ways. 1) go online to www.velo-antwerpen.be and buy a day or week pass. 2) call the information desk +32 (0)3/206 50 30. 3) visit the info desk at Kievitplein 7, 2000 Antwerp (closed on the weekends). f6

Café/bars: Vitrin – Marnixplaats f2-g2 Chatleroi – Graaf van Hoornestraat g1 Bar Leon – Reuzenstraat 23 e9 Korsakov – Sint Jorispoort 1 f3 Vagant – Reyndersstraat 25 d2 Baah Bar – Sint Jorispoort 2 f3 De Kroon – Kerkstraat 91 d8 Café Mombasa – Moorkensplein 37 f8 Coffee Bars:

SPINLISTER You can try Spinlister (www.spinlister.com) and see if there are any available bikes for rent. This site allows people to rent bikes from locals.

Where to sleep? Youth Hostels in Antwerp: ABHostel – Kattenberg 110, 2140 Borgerhout e9 +32 (0)473 57 01 66 www.abhostel.com

Coffeelabs – Lange Klarenstraat 19 d4 Caffènation – Mechelsesteenweg 16 f4 Broer Bretel – Nassaustraat 7 a3 Normo Coffee – Minderbroedersrui 30 c3 Kolonel Koffie – Grote Pieter Potstraat 30 d2 Coffee & Vinyl – Volkstraat 45 f2-g2 Mokkakapot – Sergeyselstraat 2 f8 Viggo’s Cofeebar – De Coninckplein 21 d6 Kornél – Sint Lambertusstraat 1 i6 Eating Out: Perruche – Oude Vaartplaats 60 f4 Café Stanny – Stanleystraat 1 i7 Plein Midi – Sint Paulusplaats 23 d3 Caravan – Damplein 17 a6 Felixpakhuis – Godefriduskaai 30 b4 Café Storm- Hanzestedeplaats 5 b3 Krokbar Fabiola – Sint Antoniusstraat 4 e2 ViaVia – Wolstraat 43 d3 Barrio – Hoogstraat 77 d2

Pulcinella – Bogaardeplein 1, 2000 Antwerp e3 +32(0)3 234 03 14 www.vjb.be Alias – Provinciestraat 256 2018 Antwerp g6 +32 (0)3 230 05 22 www.aliasyouthhostel.com Antwerp City Hostel - Grote Markt 40, 2000 Antwerp d3 +32 (0) 3 500 50 40 www.antwerpcityhostel.be Hotels with a This Is Antwerp touch: Van Der Valk Hotel – Luitenant Lippenslaan 66 2140 Borgerhout f9 +32 (0)3 235 91 91 www.scandichotels.com/antwerpe Antwerp City Center Hotel – Appelmansstraat 31, 2018 Antwerp e5 +32 (0)3 203 54 00 www.differenthotels.com

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